Fine Arts Theatre

115 N. Elm Street,
Denton, TX 76201

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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Inc. & Texas Consolidated Theaters Inc., Trans-Texas Theatres

Architects: W. Scott Dunne

Previous Names: Texas Theatre

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Fine Arts Theater...Denton Texas

The Texas Theatre was opened August 28, 1935 with Joan Blondell in “We’re in the Money”. The building stands out due to a clean orange, white and blue color scheme. The front is white trimmed with orange and blue. The marquee runs the length of the building and shelters the entrance and outside ticket booth. Above the marquee is a blue sign where the theatre’s name is spelled out in white letters and neon trim. It was renamed Fine Arts Theatre on November 6, 1957.

Restoration work began in 2014, with a planned reopening for Fall of 2014. It had closed by February 2021.

Contributed by Billy Smith / Don Lewis

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

millsbranch on June 18, 2009 at 12:42 pm

The Fine Arts Theater was built as the Graham Opera House in 1877
by George & Henry Fastorff.
In 1935 the Interstate Theater Circuit remodeled the building, and
put the Texas Theater into operation.
In 1954, the Texas was purchased by Trans Texas Theaters, and in
1957, it recieved yet another new name Fine Arts.
The structure went through some tough times, but is still standing
as a reminder of yesteryear. Billy H

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 3, 2009 at 8:30 am

A 1938 view of the Texas Theater in Denton before it became the Fine Arts.

lrostochil on September 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I think this is a W. Scott Dunne design.

Rogue on June 4, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Great News!…… Fine Arts Theatre is being restored and hopefully opened in fall 2014.

Rogue on June 23, 2014 at 11:50 am

FineArtsTheaterDenton on June 27, 2014 at 9:02 pm

We are currently working on restoration of the Historic Fine Arts Theater. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Also, thanks to all of you who have done research, shared photos, etc. Twitter: @FineArtsTheater

Ron75080 on May 30, 2018 at 2:03 pm

The Dallas Group Behind The Texas Theatre Plans To Bring A Similar Model To The Historic Venue It Plans To Re-Open On Denton’s Downtown Square In 2020

rivest266 on May 13, 2021 at 1:16 pm

This reopened as the Fine Arts on November 6th, 1957. Another ad posted.

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